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The Pittsburgh Penguins were founded in 1967 during the league’s expansion from six to 12 teams by a group led by Pennsylvania state senator Jack McGregor. The team had moderate success in the early years before difficulty in the 1980s gave way to them drafting Mario Lemieux in 1984, Mark Recchi in 1988, and Jaromir Jagr in 1990. This trio, which would be joined by fellow NHL All-Stars, won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. Financial struggles in the early 2000s nearly led to the team being relocated before Lemieux converted deferred salary into a majority ownership stake, which eventually led to the team selecting Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin, and Sidney Crosby in consecutive drafts. The result has been three Stanley Cups (2009, 2016, and 2017) and 16 consecutive playoff appearances.

3 Things Penguins Fans Should Expect to See From Kyle Dubas

After signing a seven-year contract worth roughly $40 million, Kyle Dubas is the new president of hockey operations of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dubas is one of the brightest minds in all of hockey and after being fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs, quickly received offers from multiple teams. The Penguins are lucky to have him. Now the fun begins. Dubas is jumping into a situation where it’s currently Stanley Cup or bust. The rebuild is still a few years away as the veteran core in Pittsburgh want some more time to bring home another Cup. For now, it’s commitment to…

Penguins 2022-23 Season Grades: Carter, Granlund & Pettersson

The 2022-23 season was a disappointing one for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They were inconsistent all season, in the playoffs and then out again down the stretch, and finally in the final week of the regular season they were eliminated from the postseason for the first time since 2006. In this series, we will look at groups of players, grade their season performance, and look at their future with the team, as the incoming general manager (GM) to be named assesses the situation. Here, we look at Jeff Carter, Mikael Granlund, and Marcus Pettersson. This was a rough year for Carter,…

NHL Rumors: Penguins, Maple Leafs, Flyers, Canadiens, Rangers

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Kyle Dubas as the new President of Hockey Operations. What is his plan for the vacant GM position? Just minutes before Dubas spoke with the press, Brad Treliving and Brendan Shanahan met with the media in Toronto. What are Treliving’s plans for the roster, including his thoughts about the “core four”? Philadelphia Flyers announced changes to their management structure. Meanwhile, there is talk on how talks are progressing between the Montreal Canadiens and Cole Caufield. Finally, is Patrick Kane returning to the NHL after having a hip procedure done? Dubas Talks…

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Today in Hockey History: June 2

June 2 was another busy day in National Hockey League history. In addition to plenty of overtime Stanley Cup Final action, there were also some big coaching moves, a new franchise name, and one of the best defensemen ever to play the game was born. Let’s begin our daily look…

Today in Hockey History: June 1

June 1 has been a hectic day throughout the course of National Hockey League history. It has seen champions crowned, eras end, legendary arenas built, and coaching changes to go along with the games on the ice. Let’s begin our daily trip back in time to enjoy all the top…

Today in Hockey History: May 31

Goaltenders and defensemen grabbed the spotlight throughout National Hockey League history on May 31. This date was also a very busy day behind the bench across the league, while some teams got one win closer to the ultimate prize. So, let’s begin our daily trip back in time to relive…


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Penguins FAQ

What year were the Pittsburgh Penguins founded?

The Pittsburgh Penguins were founded in 1967 during the league’s expansion from six to 12 teams.

When did the Pittsburgh Penguins play their first game?

The Penguins’ first game was on Oct. 11, 1967, against the Montreal Canadiens. The Penguins lost 2-1.

Who is the current head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Mike Sullivan is the current head coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins.